Outdoor Play Areas
Willows outdoor areas are developed to provide a high quality early childhood environment that will meet young children’s developmental needs while initiating a life-long appreciation of the natural world. Willows believes children need outdoor time every day the weather is appropriate. Our goal is to provide children with an environment that encourages discovery and experimentation.
Willows has three traditional fenced-in play areas; the Infant play area, the Toddler play area and the Preschool play area. All areas have age appropriate climbing units with slides as well as an assortment of toys to enhance children’s outdoor play. We use sand as our shock absorbent material under the climbing units; this also provides plenty of sand play. In summer we enrich the sand area by adding water.
Willows is fortunate to be located on 2 acres of land. In the winter Mother Nature provides snow that is perfect for sledding, snowman building and general enjoyment. It is Willows policy to include outdoor play in all appropriate weather.
Willows also has a nature based play area outside the fenced areas. This area includes logs for walking on, natural material for building with, open space for playing large motor games and sand. All the activities that happen here are child directed.
We are fortunate to have the Horicon Marsh in our neighborhood. This allows us to have a naturalist visit the center to discuss the local marsh and it’s eco-system to the children. We also take several field trips to the marsh for special learning experiences.
- Spring starts our Vegetable Garden
- June we observe and fully participate in the “International Mud Day”
- Summer water play includes bathing suits and sprinklers
- Winter includes sledding and snow structure building
- Bird Feeders provide year round bird watching